tv [untitled] December 16, 2012 11:00am-11:30am EST
welcome to the big. news in the week's top stories right scripts in egypt claimed violations in the vote on a new draft constitution unofficial results showing. streets. rebels in syria claim they are making gains in their push towards damascus when the u.s. is giving the opposition. its official approval. despite global condemnation saying it placed a with us tonight into. live
from our new h.t. studio center here in moscow this is the weekly on r.t. with a look back at the past seven days top stories and the latest developments rights groups in egypt recording for saturday's first stage of a constitutional referendum to be held again after claiming widespread violations on official tallies released by the ism is can show a narrow majority backing the charter the opposition which has been urging the new food to what it calls a discriminatory draft also accepted their opponents were leading with a slim advantage journalists held true has been following the voting in current it's been a tense night here in the capital in cairo as people have been waiting for these key results on the referendum of the constitution they've got to live in the results of course the official ones will come out of the second round which indicates that it was a yes vote the most a brotherhood together with the media outlets numbers are mounting up they're
saying approximately fifty six point five percent voted yes forty three point five percent voting this will seem to be of course a major blow to the opposition forces particularly because in this round only two of the governor it's involved to the ten you voted actually voted no to the constitution this particular stage of the referendum was largely seen to be the biggest chance for a no vote to the constitution as the government involved actually voted against the president during the presidential elections so really right now the opposition forces are going to have to either drum up support in the next six days for the second round or final time it's a tactic to campaign i think there will be heightened tensions of course i mean people have criticized the idea that the referendum respects into two days of the week in the middle with these results coming out because of course people are going to react to them as we entered the late stages of the voting process which had been extended by several hours by the electoral commission because of high turnout there
were violent scenes in the streets of cairo and. what power. headquarters the opposition. groups were attacked by suppose it supports is of his and i will is a man who is an orthodox leader and one time presidential candidate one party did i reports that ultra conservative islamists torched their headquarters attacking it with firearms until the security forces did report injuries so really we'll have to see if the next week what happens in the build up to the second round this crucial rounds as the seventeen other governorates going to vote on this constitution. and would a spokesperson for the national salvation front claims there have been a number of violations and the opposition is also demanding a repeat of the first stage of the referendum. right now we want the authorities the election commission to look into the violations and to decide by itself whether
this is big enough in order to repeat the first round and in case we are going to go to the second round we want to make sure that the violations are not going to be repeated particularly in terms of the lack of judicial supervision there were not enough judges yesterday to look into the or to supervise the vote we also complained about preventing our observers the preservers of human rights groups from attending the counting process according to a decision by the judges we want to attend and be present during the counting and we also complaining about the fact that the muslim brotherhood members were continuing their propaganda inside the polling stations until the last minute trying to influence voters and tried to convince them to vote yes for the constitution claiming that voting no would that mean that you are an infidel or that you are again is this them so we're still holding a lot of hold the president morsi will listen to the voice of wisdom and considering that this is a draft constitution that's dividing the country even if we take the results that are being circulated right now it's not enough definitely in a country often that evolution to have a constitution that's approved by a very small minority fifty something less. syrian rebels say they're making gains
across the country in their push towards the capital damascus the opposition received another financial and political boost this week with the u.s. recognizing the coalition washington says it's meant to isolate extremist groups while allowing the rebels to up their struggle against the syrian government. looks at who is fighting in the camp i thought. they call themselves martyrs god and all those you see around you of the fighters you see are living martyrs and the living martyr has already sacrificed a soul for this country the syrian rebels say they will stop at nothing to defeat us thought. some of them are so proud of their deeds that they post them on the web including the execution of prisoners. or having a child behead a man who was president. supporter atrocities are committed on all fronts during syria's bloody civil war according to many accounts on the ground it's islamist
groups that do most of the fighting on behalf of the rebels dr towie come meet was a member of a jihadi spoken ization twenty five years ago and what he later became a vocal opponent of radical islam that you have this have no problem to behead people alive you deal with people like bin ladin and there are because of al qaida who have no he's in to use any form of whip around to really. control any place. religious believes and ideology the so-called friends of syria including the gulf states the u.s. the u.k. and friends met in morocco to throw their weight behind the newly formed syrian opposition coalition two thirds of the islamist dominated entire south coalition has ties to the muslim brotherhood and sell a face and their idea of freedom for syria what. it's a positive sign for us that our military struggle is characterized by being mostly islamic because martyrdom for the sake of anna has always been the main motive of
people's freedom. in what's seen as a symbolic attempts to distance themselves from terrorists in syria washington has designated one of the rebel groups a terrorist organization but the same syrian opposition that the u.s. supports welcomes the efforts of groups like al nusra the decision of considering one of the factions fighting the regime is a terrorist organization should be reconsidered. this is a demonstration of support for almost in syria with people heard chanting we are students of osama. people here in washington don't seem to understand that if you don't like the government in cairo or if you do like the government in cairo i guess i should say then you will love the government the comes to power in damascus because you will see. sunni muslim islamised government a muslim brotherhood style government that is absolutely intolerant fundamentally
hostile to the west washington has failed to officially denounce the many suicide bombings perpetrated by the rebels in syria preferring to focus on the wrongs committed by the assad regime alone the u.s. is also ramping up the rhetoric about the possibility of the assad government using chemical weapons against civilians something that damascus says would be suicidal on the other hand many rebels are not averse to the idea of suicide in the name of what they call holy war militants have recently taken control of a toxic chemical plant in the country's second city of aleppo a video was uploaded to youtube showing them testing chemical weapons on rabbits we could not independently verify the authenticity of the footage. you will die like these two rabbits in its own words the government is fighting terrorists that has claimed thousands of innocent lives the measures the syrian government resorted to have been widely criticized but does that mean the world should keep their eyes shocked at who's actually fighting for power in syria now in washington i'm going
to check on. reports a palestinian refugee camp in damascus has come under attack by syrian warplanes and his claim at least eight people have been killed the district is in the south the capital has become the scene of heavy fighting between troops and opposition forces this week nato accuse the syrian government of using ballistic missiles against the rebels something damascus denies western warnings have also been circling over syria's chemical weapons with worries president assad could use his arsenal but also fears the stockpiles may fall into the hands of extremists fighting among the rebels. politics first magazine says these concerns are not groundless. there's a very strong possibility that the syrian militants could very well acquire chemical weapons which of course would be. for the entire region it might be an inconvenient truth to many was western politicians and western journalists but of
course the islamists in syria who are largely representative of the militants they wouldn't hesitate to use them against syria's minorities and they certainly wouldn't hesitate to use them against israel so that's why it's so very important to stop the flow through the constant flow of weapons and cash into syria by certain western states and turkey saudi arabia and qatar that are doing absolutely everything they can at the moment to weaken the syrian government's. corporate john such a starbucks and amazon the funding the legal loopholes to avoid paying tax on the huge profits u.k. is leaving billions of pounds as the public demands rich firms start paying their dues more on that a little later this hour. also north korea launches a rocket despite international warnings but as we hear after the break some say world powers shouldn't further isolate the country but instead engage in talks.
me to be soon which brightened. soon from funniest impressions. from stunts on t.v. don't come. if you just joined us a very warm welcome this is all to live here in moscow britain's losing billions of pounds and turks are some corporate giants are wriggling out of paying their fair share now that is going to the u.k. public which is left to pick up the slack while also being loaded with tough austerity result you sort of first reports the government seems fine with keeping the status quo. people from all of the people tend not to protect this country with this company like starbucks
and apple and google at the moment it's really part of a much larger picture welcome to the world of tax avoidance illegal but morally suspect way companies and the wealthy have been dodging paying their fair share most people are due to discuss these companies do not a vague taxation which is a criminal offense but are void taxation basically use existing facilities and legal loopholes in the different regulation and taxation between different countries to their advantage companies like amazon the head office is based in luxemburg which they claim is the center of the economic operations which is handy as luxembourg so well known in tax haven where companies can enjoy a low tax rate but hang on a minute we're here at one of amundsen's much of this to be sentences based. in fact the reality is that many of our customers most of their employees and many
will distribution centers like this while are in fact based here in the united kingdom so it's not hard to see that the relatively small luxembourg office is nothing fact as they say at the heart of their operations and yet the u.k. tax system doesn't seem to recognise as ordinary british taxpayer. well lays it out that's a done illegal on the face of it to run because you can register your transaction in different country and the place of great destruction is the place of taxation whereas you can have your activities actually taking place here is legal. surely then in the midst of a flat lining economy ek government would be eager to plug the holes letting billions of much needed tax pounds really count. but in the chancellor's autumn
statement last week and it was the panelists on welfare he were in the government's firing line why has this government decided to clamp down on benefit for clamping down on a multi-million pound tax avoiders. well i think that the government is clamping down on that there's been a lot of money allocated by him but there are hunting down now that people know that. or doing that they're doing it now that people know that they've been avoiding paying that amount of tax i mean it's no good doing it after not paying there's a difference between people. who voiding tax to legitimately and those who are illegally doing it there is a to do when you're a citizen they don't know they still avoiding paying where interested me to get a flavor patented version let me actually answer the question once before you actually interoperability tax avoid is ok to legally tell you what starbucks and
amazon and google have been doing is ok's that you're saying there's a difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion tax evasion is illegal tax avoidance people are using the law to their benefit now if the law is wrong we need to change the law but for now the law continues to allow an exodus of profits made in britain meaning companies like amazon can keep getting away with paying less than the tax payers they're profiting from surface r.t. london. team is working twenty four seven to provide you with the best stories and pictures online now here's a quick glimpse of what they have at the moment for just over fifty five thousand dollars it seems because that's what one american man has earned after selling someone the right to give him a new surname his motivation at r.t. dot com. plus watching you watching it security firms discovered
a way to hack into so-called smart t.v.'s giving access to the devices built in camera and microphones allowing them to spy on everything you do. north korea defied the world on wednesday when it launched a long range rocket which it says successfully placed a weather satellite into orbit however the claims were met with skepticism by the u.s. south korea and japan we suspect that pyongyang was in fact testing long range ballistic missile technology careers banned from such tests by u.n. resolutions the security council condemned the launch saying it will consider an appropriate response while the e.u. has threatened more sanctions but antiwar campaign eric surat can says talks are the only solution to the ongoing impasse. these are causing us to have more talks not less talks and the north koreans have been willing to attend talks other nations have certainly russia has another nations are that if it involved in the
six party talks and doubtless read are such as japan south korea the united states are less. willing to engage in talks when these things happen but what the u.n. said was not only don't use ballistic missile technology it said we must have a commitment to a peaceful diplomatic and political solution to the situation there and that's what is really crying out and i think russia and other countries must finally say now wait a why does the. well i'm afraid that the united states is going to step back talk less isolate more of a military base that the united states will bring merrily south korea's building on jeju island in an effort to create a ring around china or perhaps to deal with north korea are all setbacks to peace what's necessary i think at this point in time. step back from the process and the
outside countries the other countries around the world must say wait a minute peaceful china south korea north korea japan as a region will have a huge impact on world east and i think it's really incumbent that we put pressures toward peace and not for amping up the conflict in the war the former russian intelligence officer alexander litvinenko who died in london from polonium poisoning six years ago was a paid agent for britain's n.i. six that's what a lawyer representing his widow told an official hearing earlier this week the investigation allege that at the time of his death levin and co had been tasked by m i six to help spanish intelligence investigate the russian mafia one of the laws involved in the case claimed the u.k. had obtained proof that moscow was behind his poisoning in an swans were made a tape of poetry hearing before the inquest which he showed you for next may however his six year investigation failed to provide any evidence solid enough to identify any killer. antigovernment activists in moscow have marked the first
anniversary of their movement on saturday with a rally that drew around seven hundred people official said up to forty demonstrators were detained during the unauthorized event including opposition leaders said again adults of alexian of all me what is your opinion of was there several hundred people gathered in central moscow on saturday to mark one year since the start of antigovernment protests did not sanction any around he's in this part of town saying that usually there's heavy traffic here and to a large crowds could cause some additional problems they did hold long negotiations with the opposition proposing other routes but feel to reach an agreement some detentions are going on including several leaders of the opposition are also detained. and softly claim that they were detained unlawfully since they say that all these people who gathered here are not taking part in any rally they just went outside to take
a walk but all in all what's happening here is of no comparison really to what we saw a year ago last december when tens of thousands of people gathered for protest rallies were here i said we're just talking about a few hundred people. the leaders of the e.u. have accepted the nobel peace prize on behalf of the bloc despite widespread opposition was recognized for its efforts in promoting peace on the continent the people in oslo protested in the streets while several laureates demanded the e.u. be stripped of the prize of a explains just what people are unhappy with. mark four little children. will one day live in a nation where they will not be deterred by a call about him but by the content of back character. the one it can be probably would have become a glory to the humvee assassinated however the nobel peace prize is only awarded to a living person this he is winning. text search trying to react especially when it
comes to finances the announcement the european union was to pick up the twenty twelve gongs sparked heated debate borders being discredited particularly after the outrageous use picked it up recently so see what has the e.u. done over the last twelve months to convince the nobel committee it's worthy of such a prestigious award. and supported regime change in foreign countries and several member states indulged in violent crackdowns on demonstrators outraged by the failure of the government's. skeptics enough to get devalues the whole concept of a nobel peace prize and what's really happening is that the european union is having its worst year ever at its mates and the international community coming to it's a brit to have been awarded of the announcement to be made in the very week that i went to athens i was greeted not just by tens of thousands of protesters but people
dressed up in swastikas and giving it the salutes frankly i grew up in a europe that was divided from east to west but i'm now living in a europe that is divided from north to south and never at any point of the history of this union has there been more discord of rancor that we currently got among more moderate forces there are concerns the peace prize is being used as a political football i think this award basically does a lot to kind of discredit past people who've won this prize i mean it demonstrates a sort of heavy politicization of the use of this war and now it's been suggested that this year's winner of the peace prize picked it up more for not having done something as opposed to having further peace around the globe it seems like they got the prize more because there hasn't been any war in europe for many decades rather than having done anything specific i think as long as civic institutions
like the nobel prize. continue to lose their legitimacy in their spirit through political favoritism these prices are always political but such blatant and obvious political favoritism and maneuvering i think it actually takes something away and i think it's actually damaging leaves the whole institution of the priorities facing the question whether the nobility is being drained from the new battle peter all of a r t berlin. putin's kicking out against corruption we report later not see how the russian president promised. politician would be left unpunished as he addresses lawmakers. and still to come to people in tehran including a widow of one slain nuclear scientist was what they think is behind the heavy international pressure on iran ever its nuclear program or listen. to the brain.
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you're watching the weekly live from moscow here with. president vladimir putin has announced a crackdown on corruption in the country saying no official politician will be able to rest easily and focus on problems at home as he spoke to lawmakers for the first time since returning to the top job. listen to what the president had to say. several years ago when former president medvedev addressed russia's lawmakers this signaled major constitutional changes for the country with the presidential term being extended to six years this time when president putin delivered his first annual address after returning to the kremlin for the third time it ran no major
sensations nor political changes but at the same time this speech was even more significant as some have already said than many others before this time put in barely spoke about any foreign policy issues the main focus was on domestic problems in russia and there have been plenty according to russia's president in fact he started his speech by saying it is now or never as the world is going through a crisis russia must stand up to all these challenges and the first and the most correct way to do that is to invest in two youths not richard is the that's the clear as of today the percentage of healthy active able bodied people in russia aged between twenty to forty is one of the highest in the world twenty years' time economically active population could shrink by fifty percent less we do something this trend will continue either we provide interesting jobs give opportunities to create business.